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Friday, 28 August 2015

Thank you

Just a short post to thank all those readers, old and new, who have pushed my page views past the 100,000 mark. I find it astonishing that my ramblings are of interest to anyone but family.

And a special thank you to those who comment. I sometimes find it hard to find stuff to write but getting comments makes me realise some people really are coming back for another read and keeps me going.

To anyone who is starting on a new and adventurous phase of their lives, I really would recommend you keep a diary on line. It not only keeps family up to speed, but also friends who might forget you otherwise. It is also useful to look back on, especially when you are waiting for the walnuts to drop or migrating birds to appear, little things like tiny kittens making their way here, new life and a reminder of those little lives in your world who have moved on. The journey over here, what to expect of the seasons, how much wood you used last year. All the little things you might want to check on and which others contemplating the move will find useful to know.

And I have a terrible memory!

I try to answer all comments, but occasionally there is one I don't understand and I just don't know how to respond (sorry). I know only too well that not getting an acknowledgement is frustrating. If someone is kind enough to read what you write then leave a comment, I can certainly spare the time to reply. I know that when I leave a comment on a blog I am following that is not recognised I feel that maybe I shouldn't bother to check in as the writer doesn't care if no-one reads it.

So thank you all. Big hug.

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  1. Hugs back at ya! I enjoy looking back at my blog posts occasionally and seeing how it was at this time a few years ago - well I've only been doing it for 3 years? gosh already forgotten :-p *goes back to own blog to check* OK this is my 4th year! So yes, I totally get the terrible memory bit. It's really nice to keep records for yourself, but it's great to share and for everyone in other countries it is really interesting to get an insight as to life (and self sufficiency) in another country. Keep it up! xx

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    1. Oh and forgot to say, I hate it when I leave a comment which is ignored. I now tend to look at new blogs which I find interesting then look to see if the comments have been answered. If not, I don't bother to comment.

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    2. Thanks Mandy.....but I would love to know how you remember the names of all those insects! Yes, it's interesting to read what is happening in France (and Greece and Spain too), and the animals and insects and what you can grow.

      I try not to comment when I know I won't get an answer, but I guess I'm just plain nosey and bossy....haha I like to encourage, especially new bloggers as I've got so much from it. But hey ho, such is life.

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  2. I love your blog and check every day for a new post (oh dear, now I sound like a stalker lol) as I love reading about all all your animals, how your crops are doing and about your social events with neighbours and villagers. It just gives me a little insight into a different way of life and a different culture and I find it really interesting. I also love all the pics of the local wildlife and insects and the pics of your meals and preserves made with your own produce. It is a way of life that I would have loved to have but unfortunately my circumstances will never allow that to happen so I have to live it through your blog. I do make jams and jellies and cook from scratch and hope next year to be growing some veg and herbs but it is all just a small taste of the simple life I hanker after and your blog inspires me to do this so thank you for writing your blog and allowing us to read about your experiences and adventures.

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    1. Thank you Ali, you are very kind. I used to grow an amazing amount of stuff in our little garden in the UK...and it was small. But you have to be inventive with containers and mixing veggies with your flowers. We even had three chickens who wrecked the lawn! I can't believe we were running out of space here this year!

      And we couldn't have done it in the UK, much as we love the country. Where there country living comes at a premium, here there is space for everyone for the price of a small car. And we have hot weather in summer and a community where we not only know the neighbours but also many of the other villagers and have friends all over the area. Surreal and very heart warming. So different to the village we lived in in North Wales.

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  3. How lovely of you to thank your readers, the pleasure is all ours. Just quietly if you have any spare time amongst the loads of things you do every day I think you should write a cook book.

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    1. Why thank you. Hmmmm....spare time. Ah yes, that is what we thought we would have when we took early retirement! Haha. Someone ordered some cards a while ago and I still haven't had the time to do them all so I'm afraid the cook book will have to wait....

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  4. As Sara's other half likewise I would like to thank everyone for their support and replying to her blog. It is amazing what we have done in just over two years after leaving the UK behind to try and be as self sufficient as possible. It takes a little time to be together 24/7, but as a team we have slogged it out finding our niche in this lifestyle me doing things and Sara doing others where our strengths are best fitted. The biggest problem is the Bulgarian language which I find very tough as as e all know as we get older learning/remembering information is harder but I try at least as part of the integration process into the Bulgarian community. All in all I would not swap it for moment, but mostly due to that I have a wife who I adore who has an amazing amount of strengths if only she believed in herself.

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    1. I must admit we are further on than I thought we would be by now, but that's probably because my wonderful husband is a workaholic! Yes, there are difficult times, but there are in whatever you do wherever you are. And I know where I want to be and with whom.

      As for the lingo, I don't have much confidence in speaking it as I get tongue tied in my own language never mind Bulgarian! But I do understand enough to get the gist and probably know more than I realise.....as long as no-one is testing me! I have never been good with exams.

      And my brain is older than your's my beloved haha.

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  5. Hi. I would hate to think that people didn't comment on my blog because they think they may not get an answer. Commenting and replying is completely optional. I thank God that not everyone who reads leaves a comment, I get 3,000 page views a day, I would be at the computer 24/7 if they all left a comment.

    I will answer any questions, that's only good manners, but there is no need to reply to a simple 'I agree', or a 'good for you', comment. I write my blog for myself, if people want to read that's up to them, it's a bonus if they do. I am shocked if readers expect their comment to be acknowledged automatically by the blogger.

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    1. Yes I agree it's completely optional. But different blogs have different reactions and fulfill different needs. Those who have a small audience as I do take no time to reply to and I don't do a daily blog and don't want to promote. I do it for myself and family as well as those who are interested in what we are doing, as your readers are for different reasons. I have cut down to once a week as I don't want to feel I have to do an entry to keep others happy, my time is getting more precious the more we do. I don't expect a lot of comments, but if you don't get any how do you know anyone is coming back? I have few followers and that is great. I am more than happy to reply to anyone who comments from anyone who takes time to so (except those few I don't understand or make no sense, then I don't know how to reply.) Likewise I don't have time to sit and read a lot of blogs with daily entries.

      I feel happy that our families can keep up with what we are doing...but no, they don't comment and that is fine, they know where I am. I have met a few people who have come over looking for properties and want to do what we are doing and have followed the blog so that they are aware of what to expect. I am happy to show them around, have a good natter, give them a tour of the area, feed them, point out the snags and even send them away with a keepsake. None of them comment, I don't expect it. But if they did I would reply.

      Now then...I have a lake of milk needing attention and some biscuits to make for a memorial so I must get off me backside! And thank you for your point of view Meanqueen.

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  6. Delurking just to say I enjoy your blog:-)
    Regards Pat

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    1. Thank you for unlurking to comment Pat.

      All lurkers welcome, as everyone is.

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  7. Thank you too, very often I have found an interesting account of someone's new life in Bulgaria only for it to "peter out" after a few posts. Don't know why, maybe they got too busy or ran out of things to say or gave up, but you have loads of stuff for me to read and learn from. I'm back in Bulgaria in a couple of weeks but it seems that my adventure /house buying may be a solo one as husband won't consider living in Bulgaria and its the only place that I can afford to buy a little house with land near (ish) to the sea. So I wont be living there full time at first, but nothing ventured nothing gained so thank you again.

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    1. That's lovely Katt, thank you. Yes blogs do tend to peter out, but I know a few of the writers of blogs who have had difficulties/returned to the UK. And some just say what they want to say on Facebook. So yes, life can get in the way. There are a couple who have gone on to become agents and others that copy and paste interesting Bulgarian facts about the culture here, so I leave that up to them and stick to what we are doing here

      Good luck with your house hunt, prices drop significantly as soon as the sea is out of sight. Your husband might actually like it here if he lets himself, it's not all bandits! A beautiful country with some beautiful people.

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  8. Yes I know but with him its a combination of living with his elderly mother and fear of the unknown. We have been together for almost 16 years and married for 5 of them but have never lived together (other than on holiday and at weekends) but I knew and accepted what was on offer so no complaints. So I will most probably have six to eight weeks in BG and breaks to the UK as and when. I'm lucky in the fact that my flat here is paid for so I can keep it on.

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    1. Ah, yes, I see. You need to do things when you can, we only have one shot at life.

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  9. I too have been lurking and feel it's time to come out. I find your blog really interesting and think you have been very brave to embrace such a different way of life. I could never be so brave so I enjoy living it a little through you.

    I also made your daughters stuffed mushrooms this week. We had them as a side dish with our evening meal and I found them so simple to make but tasty.

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  10. So sorry, just remembered the mushrooms were on a different blog but with some similarities. It was a French kitchen. Silly me. Still I do love seeing your meals made from your own produce as some one else said.

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    1. Haha, don't apologise, I'm always forgetting where I've seen things....sometimes gets me into bother.

      Anyway, welcome to our world Carol

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  11. I am so impressed with your harvest. Ours has bee hopeless this year as our summer never appeared. As for your cheese making - well! Fantastic! It is so interesting to read of life so far away. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

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    1. Thank you Lindsey. It has been a different harvest to last year when it was so wet, we will certainly not starve! The year is not over yet, but we have been given hot weather and no rain for a bit longer yet.

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  12. Which I'll take your word for and if I get soaked through during my visit on the 11th Sept. for a week you owe me a jar of something, if I don't get rained on I'll give you a jar of chutney when I get my place over there, deal?

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    2. Haha, I'll win! But I ope you do, we could do with some rain!

      Then I thought I would send you a link to our weather...and it gives thunderstorms on the 11th. But being by the coast might save you...

      If you google weather...then the town in Bulgaria you will get a local weather forecast

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  13. Will do, I land in Varna at 12 midnight on the 11th so with any luck the storms will have been and gone., as my friend is picking me up and its bad enough driving at night without storms to contend with. Also little animals seem to wait for cars then run across the road in front of them all to avoid the huge owls(?) hunting them last time we nearly hit an owl out on the hunt/

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